Traeder wins Peace Poster contest second year in a row

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Hastings Middle School eighth-grade student Chloe Traeder obviously has an eye and talent for art.
For the second straight year Traeder won the Hastings Rivertown Lions Club Peace Poster contest at the Hastings Middle School. The winners were announced earlier this week.
Each year, Lions clubs around the world sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. For more than 25 years, millions of children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest.
The Rivertown Lions Club has sponsored a local contest for 11- to 13-year-olds for a number of years, and for years, it was part of the regular curriculum at Hastings Middle School. Last year, due to scheduling changes, the contest became an extra-curricular option for the students. There were fewer students participating this year.
The theme this year was “Share Peace,” The posters were judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of theme.
Traeder’s brightly colored poster showed two young people from different countries holding a peace symbol They were surrounded by familiar symbols of countries around the world.
Janell Hammer was the second place winner and McKayla LaCoursiere was the third place winner.
Traeder’s poster now advances to the Lions 5M6 district competition in January.
The Rivertown Lions Club has been active in the community for 40 years and supports a number of Lions vision and hearing programs, and community agencies, including Hastings Family Service, Hastings Area Senior Center, Pleasant Hill Library, and Hastings Police Department bicycle safety programs.